Williams 'two seconds away' from target
13 April 2013 – Williams technical chief Mike Coughlan says the outfit is "two seconds away" from where it needs to be after Friday's opening pair of practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix, admitting that there is plenty of work to do in order to move up the grid.
Coughlan, who joined the Grove-based team in 2011, says a throttle actuation issue left Valtteri Bottas resigned to the garage for most of the afternoon session, with the Finn ultimately ending the day in a lowly 16th place, just in front of team-mate Pastor Maldonado and 2.845 seconds behind Felipe Massa's pace-setting Ferrari.
"We felt we had made some progress in the morning, but we ended the day two seconds away from where we need to be," said Coughlan. "We lost some time at the start of FP2 on Valtteri’s car due to a problem with the throttle actuation system. The team worked with [engine supplier] Renault to fix it as quickly as possible to make sure Valtteri still had time to get through some of the tyre work that we had planned.
"Long run tyre degradation looks like it will make things difficult in the race, but we’ll look at the data tonight to see what we can do. We feel we are moving in the right direction but there is still a long way to go and we now need to bring performance."
Williams has failed to score a point in three races, since Maldonado and then driver Bruno Senna claimed a double top ten result at the 2012 United States Grand Prix.